Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent in Israel's general elections, Benny Gantz, have made separate calls for a unity government after voting results showed that neither were able to form a separate governing coalition. We hear from Ofer Shelah, a member of Knesset for the rival Blue and White alliance.
Also in the programme: Twenty killed in Afghanistan; and China's pork reserves.
(Picture: Retired Israeli General Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White alliance looks on during a press conference in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.)
Afghanistan war: Dozens of civilians killed in two deadly attacks
Dozens of civilians have been killed in Afghanistan in the latest attacks in a surge of violence following the collapse of peace talks earlier this month.
Also in the programme: Nuclear bosses cleared over Fukushima disaster; and Netanyahu and Gantz compete over leadership in Israeli election.
Picture: Afghan security forces investigate the site where a Taliban car bomb detonated near an intelligence services building in Qalat in Zabul province. Credit: Getty Images.
Saudis say oil attack was sponsored by Iran
A Saudi defence ministry spokesman has showed journalists the wreckage of what he says were Iranian-made drones and missiles used to attack a Saudi oil refinery. The US Secretary of State has described the attack as an act of war.
Also in the programme: President Trump has stripped the state of California of its power to set car emission standards; and India has banned electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a health risk.
Photo: Wreckage that Saudi Arabia says is from drones and missiles used to attack its oil facilities. Credit: Reuters
Israel election: Netanyahu and rival headed for deadlock
Preliminary results from Israel's second general election in five months indicate that the two main parties are deadlocked. With ninety percent of the vote counted, it appears that neither the Likud party of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, nor the rival Blue and White alliance has a clear path to forming a coalition government.
Also in the programme: Saudi Arabia's amabassador to the UK warns against a hasty response to the attack on his country's oil industry; and the vice-president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Edgar Zambrano, has been released from a military base after being detained there for four months.
Picture: This combination picture created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R), and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L). Credit: Getty Images.
Polls close in Israeli election
Will Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu be able to hold on to power? Hear the result of exit polls and analysis from Jerusalem.
Also in the programme: US officials reportedly identify southern Iran as the launch site for drones and missiles that targeted oil facilities in Saudi Arabia; a BBC analysis reveals 74 people were killed every day in Afghanistan during August; and the UK's Supreme Court considers whether PM Boris Johnson lied to the Queen.
Photo: Election posters showing Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. Credit: AFP.